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Renate Müller

Renate Müller

Renate Müller (April 26, 1906 - October 1, 1937) was a German actress. Born in Munich, Germany, Müller entered films in the late 1920s in Berlin and quickly became popular. A blue-eyed blonde, she was considered to be one of the great beauties of her day, and along with Marlene Dietrich was seen to embody the fashionable Berlin society of her era.

She starred in more than 20 German films, including Viktor und Viktoria (1933), which was one of her biggest successes and which was remade as Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews.

With the rise of the Nazi Party, Müller came to be regarded as the ideal Aryan woman, and particularly in light of Marlene Dietrich's move to Hollywood was courted and promoted as Germany's leading film actress. A meeting with Adolf Hitler in the mid 1930s resulted in Müller being offered parts in films that promoted Nazi ideals.

When she died suddenly the German press revealed that she had died of epilepsy, however in later years it was discovered that she had died as a result of a fall from her hotel window. Officially described as a suicide, it was theorised that she took her own life when her relationship with the Nazi leaders deteriorated due to her unwillingness to appear in propaganda films and more importantly to end her relationship with her Jewish lover. It has also been asserted that she was murdered by being thrown from the window by Gestapo officers. Witnesses later recalled seeing several Gestapo officers entering her building shortly before her death. The true circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Renate Müller Facts

BirthdayApril 26, 1906
BirthplaceMunich, Germany
Date of deathOctober 1, 1937 (age 31)

Selected Filmography

Lady Frankenstein
Horror Classics Triple Feature, Vol. 11
The Comeback
Ladies of Frankenstein Double Feature
The Princess and the Warrior
Father's Day
The Flute Concert of Sans-Souci
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